Guide to Simple Morning Cleaning Routines
If you usually wait until your home is a total mess to find the motivation to clean it, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re likely among many. But keeping your home tidy, rather than letting mess pile up, is good for your health and should be a priority.
The key to keeping your space tidy is to get into a daily cleaning habit, even if you can only spare 10 minutes. Cleaning in the morning is an excellent way to start your day on a positive note. In this guide to morning cleaning, we’ll share some proven tips and tricks on how to keep your home tidy, even with only a few minutes per day.
Daily Cleaning Habits
A habit is something we repeat on a regular or semi-regular basis. Some habits, like grocery shopping and checking the mail, are weekly or even biweekly habits. Don’t let chores that require daily attention, like making your bed and doing the dishes, get away from you.
Chores like these that compound quickly should be part of your daily house cleaning schedule. Few people enjoy cleaning, and many of us tend to put it off. The better you adhere to your new cleaning habit, the sooner it’ll start to feel like a natural part of your routine.
Start With Laundry
Doing laundry is a somewhat passive process. You put in some initial effort, and then your appliances take care of the rest. Since there’s no need to stick around while your washing machine does its thing, you can make the most of your time by starting your cleaning session with laundry, and focusing on other tasks while you wait.
Leave a few minutes at the end of your session to fold and put away your clothes. No one likes finding a surprise load of unattended laundry when they open the washer or dryer.
Have a Go-to Cleaning List
Think of small chores that don’t require much time, and make a list of them. If you’re in a rush tackle your cleaning routine before work, you can refer back to your go-to cleaning list and choose a few tasks each day.
Remember, minor contributions to household cleaning add up over the week.
Break Down Big Tasks
Some big chores, like cleaning the car or decluttering the attic, can require several hours. That doesn’t mean that you need to dedicate a full day to big tasks, though. There are much better ways to spend a Saturday than sorting through those boxes in the attic that you haven’t opened in years.
Break bigger tasks into smaller, more manageable chores. Something like cleaning the bathroom can be broken down into smaller chores—clean shower after use, spray the toilet with cleaner, declutter the medicine cabinet, wiping down the mirror and countertop. You don’t have to finish an entire room in one day.
Section off your space, if necessary, and tidy a section at a time. This is especially helpful in bigger storage spaces, like basements, attics and garages.
Put a Time Limit on It
Be realistic about your cleaning ambitions. You can only accomplish so much in a short time, and a cleaning routine doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking.
Test yourself by setting a timer and seeing just how much you can do in 20 minutes or less. Use that as a guideline to plan your weekly cleaning routine. It’s easy to lose track when you’re in the groove, too, so set limits before you start.
Make Your Cleaning Routine Bearable
The word “cleaning” should not spark feelings of dread and despair. Cleaning doesn’t have to be unpleasant—it can be motivating, rewarding, and even fun.
Make your space comfortable. If you’re sitting on the floor, sit on a cushion. If you’re cleaning up your closet space, make sure it’s well-lit and prop the door open, so the air doesn’t get stale. Jam to your guilty-pleasure songs while you vacuum or dust your surfaces. Do whatever makes you feel good to create a positive mental association with your chores.
Call in Reinforcements
If there’s a project you’re really dreading, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Enlist your partner, and you may double the efficiency of your cleaning session. If you have older kids, ask them to tidy their spaces. To keep everyone engaged and ensure everyone feels like they’re getting a fair deal, rotate daily tasks between family members.
If someone takes the trash out on Monday, for example, someone else can take it out on Tuesday. Set some ground rules. If certain spaces, like the home office, are off-limits, make sure everyone knows.
Jump Start Your Day
While it’s not realistic to have a clean house 100% of the time, you can achieve a relatively clean home most of the time. A morning habit of a quick clean can do wonders for your sanity.
Use this guide to morning cleaning to help jump start your day with simple tasks that are easy to tackle. You’ll soon discover you have more time than you thought to take care of whatever you’ve been putting off.